Sunset Trail Series~Malibu Nights

What’s your challenge?

Brothers vs. Sisters * Starbucks vs. Coffee Bean * Montagues vs. Capulets

We invite you to to bring it! Maybe leave the swords at home, but invite your friends, family and colleagues to show you what they’ve got. Bring your competitive spirit to Malibu Nights and we’ll do the rest. Join us for one showdown or challenge your friends, family and colleagues to a series showdown.

Register today at: www.imathlete.com/events/malibunights

Let the series begin. See you in September!

 

National Running Day – Wednesday, June 5

To help celebrate National Running Day, on Wednesday June 5th, Conejo Valley Trail Runners will have FOUR runs.  Come to one, or come to all!
5:30 a.m. – Sunset Hills – Bard Reservoir
Meet us at the end of Sunset Hills Blvd to enjoy a run on the Woodridge Trail.   The run is mostly single track to include some climbing with rewarding views of the Bard Reservoir.  The run is approximately 4 miles but it is easy to add additional mileage. There are no restrooms or water sources available.
Directions:
From the 23 freeway, head east on Sunset Hills Blvd for approximately one mile to the dirt parking lot on the right side of the street.  The trail head is on the other side of the street from the parking lot.
6:30 a.m. – Sunset Hills – Woodbridge Trail
After regrouping and picking up the next group of runners, we will head back out on the trails, but this time we will head out towards Woodranch via the Woodbridge Trail.  Depending upon time, we will climb Long Canyon Trail into Lang Ranch.
Directions:
From the 23 freeway, head east on Sunset Hills Blvd for approximately one mile to the dirt parking lot on the right side of the street.  The trail head is on the other side of the street from the parking lot.
8:30 a.m. – Lang Ranch – Albertson Motorway
Round three of our four part National Running Day celebration will be meeting at the end of Lang Ranch Parkway. We will follow the Albertson Motorway to the top near China Flats, Simi Peak and Palo Comado. The out portion is all up, but gradual yet consistent. The one way distance is approximately 4 miles, so choose your distance. Once on top you can choose to continue or turn around for a nice downhill to round out ~8 miles. No restrooms or water sources. Exposed trail.
Directions:
From the 101 Freeway, take Westlake Blvd. north to Lang Ranch Parkway.  Make a right – follow Lang Ranch Parkway to end. Trail head is on right and street parking available.
6:30 p.m. – Lang Ranch – Oakbrook Vista Trail
Meet us at Lang Ranch Parkway at the Oakbrook Vista trail head which is about 1/4  mile from Westlake Blvd. on the right side of the street.  This is a moderate run with around 1,100 feet of elevation gain to include some technical parts.  Beautiful sunset views of Lang Ranch will be your reward! There are no restrooms or water sources available.
Directions:
From the 101 Freeway, take Westlake Blvd. north to Lang Ranch Parkway.  Make a right – the trail head is about 1/4 mile on the right side of the street.

BOGO~Jamba Juice smoothies

Treat yourself to any one of the delicious Jamba Juice smoothies through this weekend!!! After a workout, kids apres school snack….whatever your reason, you deserve it. Buy one of your choice and get a second one free! Be sure to print the coupon or take your phone to be scanned. Offer ends Sunday, June 2. http://cmp.ly/2/eWfLn2

Enjoy and cheers to Summer :)

Coupon below:

Http://www.jambajuice.com/campaigns/may-strawberry-coupon

Jamba Juice Ambassador!!!

A little brightness in these dark days of the Springs Fire…I am thrilled to announce I have been selected as an Ambassador for Jamba Juice!!! If you know me, you know I hit Jamba Juice after every endurance run. It is my preferred recovery drink. Keep an eye out for my next sponsored event. Come by to say hi and sample some products. See a list of new Fruit & Veggie smoothies at www.jambajuice.com My favorite is Orange Carrot Karma!!!
If you have an upcoming event and would like Jamba Juice to join in the fun, send me a message. Cheers to living healthy! http://cmp.ly/2/eWfLn2See More
Photo: A little brightness in these dark days of the Springs Fire...I am thrilled to announce I have been selected as an Ambassador for Jamba Juice!!! If you know me, you know I hit Jamba Juice after every endurance run. It is my preferred recovery drink. Keep an eye out for my next sponsored event. Come by to say hi and sample some products. See a list of new Fruit & Veggie smoothies at www.jambajuice.com My favorite is Orange Carrot Karma!!!<br />
If you have an upcoming event and would like Jamba Juice to join in the fun, send me a message. Cheers to living healthy! http://cmp.ly/2/eWfLn2

Bandit Photos

It’s been nearly two months since runners hit the Santa Susana mountains and tackled the challenging miles and elevation change. I will be making a donation to the Sparkle Dot Fondation on May 1 and would like to offer any 30K or 50K runners a last chance to purchase race photos. Please email me at ericgratton@gmail.com with your bib number and I will send over your proofs. Each photo is $5 with $2 going directly to the Sparkle Dot Foundation.

Bandit Ultra Trail Runs

What a fabulous day on the Chumash trail! Thanks to all the runners for making my day so enjoyable. The trail running community is unmatched in any other sport!

Below you will find pictures of some of the 50K’ers from Sunday’s run…I have all the 30K’ers as well. The photos are posted by bib number in ascending order. Some runners have multiple photos. If you see a photo you like, simply click on the Buy Now Paypal button and write your corresponding bib number along with which photo in the sequence you would like to purchase. Please denote if you prefer a high resolution digital copy or high gloss 4×6 print. Due to the unique nature of the Bandit run’s donation (see below) I am only offering 4×6 prints.

Due to the high volume of photos, I ask that you email me your bib number at ericagratton@gmail.com  if you are interested in purchasing. I will post your photos for viewing or send you proofs privately, then follow the aforementioned instructions for ordering. Thank you for your understanding and supporting Sparkle Dot Foundation.

I am pleased to announce that 40% of the purchase price~only $5 / photo~will go directly to the Sparkle Dot Foundation. If you are unfamiliar with the foundation or would like to donate directly in addition to the purchase of your photos, please visit www.mysparkledot.com

Sunday’s memories will live on in my photos and by purchasing them, you will be helping keep the memory of Amanda Shoemaker alive through the foundation built in her honor.

God bless and thank you.

Bib number: 5137

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A few 30K’ers photos:

 

 

 

 

Bib numbers: 66-5069 below.

Please contact me directly with your bib number, if you do not see a photo of you. I have awesome shots of everyone.

New Year~New Trails~New Inspirations

Happy New Year!!! 2013!!!

A cliche day to say the least, but if today is that day you decide to start a new then I am your biggest fan. Wherever you find inspiration; a date on the calendar, an undiscovered trail, your children…I do not judge. I embrace.

Lots to talk about.

Together with a few friends, I am starting a member only trail running club in the Conejo Valley. Our season kick off run will be Sunday, January 13 at Wildwood Park in Thousand Oaks, Ca. Come check us out and see what all the buzz is about. Visit our Facebook page CV Trail Runnners to join and get more details.

My photography passion is slowly turning into a small business…keep an eye out for new pictures posted on this site and my Facebook page~Erica Gratton Photography.

I recently had my race report from North Face Endurance Challenge published at Runners Illustrated. Runners Illustrated is on line publication for all things running; great articles, product reviews and happenings. If you haven’t gotten a chance to read my report, follow the link below. Grab a drink, settle in, read and then stay a while. It’s a great site. http://www.runnersillustrated.com/2012/12/slog-dark-north-face-endurance-challenge-2012/

As one year closes and a new begins, I leave you with this quote from Mary Pipher ~

“Maturity involves being honest and true to oneself, making decisions based on a conscious internal process, assuming responsibility for one’s decisions, having healthy relationships with others and developing one’s own true gifts. It involves thinking about one’s environment and deciding what one will and won’t accept.”

Always be true to yourself…now get out there, hit the trails and discover what it is that makes you you!